A man who jumped a red light near Mandir Marg Wednesday was not only caught doing so by one of the senior-most officers of Delhi Police but was also charged a hefty fine for driving an odd-numbered car on an ‘even’ day.
The incident took place Wednesday morning, when Special Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Muktesh Chander was on his way to Connaught Place from Mandir Marg. At the intersection of Peshwa Road and Mandir Marg, a black Skoda Rapid car overtook his official vehicle and also jumped the red light.
“While we were waiting at the red light, a car suddenly crossed us without halting at the red light. I immediately asked my driver to follow the vehicle,” said Chander. “After following him for more than a kilometre, we managed to stop him.”
The driver, who was a student, refused to come out of the vehicle, he said. Chander then swung into action and forced the offender to get out of his car.
“The driver was not only flouting traffic rules by jumping the red light, he was also driving an odd-numbered car on an even day. When asked why he had jumped the red light, he acted as if he had done nothing wrong,” said Chander.
“I was shocked at his strange behaviour. I told him that he would also have to pay the fine for violating the odd-even rule,” added Chander.
While the penalty for jumping a red light is Rs 100, the fine for violating odd-even rules, at Rs 2,000, is 20 times higher.
The offender, a resident of Lajpat Nagar, was on his way to meet his friend in central Delhi, said police. He was issued two challans and his driving licence was also seized for three months.